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Last Update on: July 13th, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Ben McDermott’s unbeaten half-century and David Warner’s first fifty-plus score since his return on the field guided Winnipeg Hawks to a convincing seven-wicket win in the high-scoring Eliminator game against Edmonton Royals at the Maple Leaf North-West Ground on July 12 (Thursday).Meanwhile, chasing 184 for victory, Hawks got over the line with a delivery to spare. As a result, they will now clash with Vancouver Knights in Qualifier second of the Global T20 Canada on Saturday (July 14).

A 76-run opening partnership between Lendl Simmons and Warner set the tone for the run chase. The Windies batsman raced away to 33 before getting out to Kevin O’Brien. 
However, a brisk 55-run partnership between Warner and McDermott kept Hawks on the track. The wicket of Warner in the 14th over which eventually came at a good time, who would have looked to put more pressure.
Although they managed to keep things quiet at one end but McDermott ensured that the boundaries came at regular intervals as he brought down the equation to 17 off three overs. 
Hawks stuttered a bit in the last few overs but prevailed in the end.
David Warner's half-century was his first fifty-plus score in four months
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Earlier, asked to bat first, Royals got off to a fiery start thanks to Luke Ronchi and Andre Fletcher. The duo took less than five overs to bring up a half-century stand for the opening wicket.

The departure of Ronchi didn’t have a bearing on the scoring rate as Agha Salman’s blitz (44 off 18), which included two sixes and two fours off Hiral Patel in the 10th over, helped Royals past 100 at the half-way stage of the innings.

At 113 for one after 10 overs, Royals were in line 200-plus total but consecutive wickets halted their progress. Rayad Emrit returned with four wickets as Royals added only 70 in their second half.

Brief scores: Edmonton Royals 183/9 in 20 overs (Agha Salman 44, Andre Fletcher 41; Rayad Emrit 4-28) lost to Winnipeg Hawks 185/3 in 19.5 overs (Ben McDermott 65*, David Warner 55; Agha Salman 1-18) by 7 wickets.

Ankush Das

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